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Adult Boer does and yearling DeLobbe Dapples in the breeding pasture

The Ladies of Bon Joli

We try to keep a doe herd of about 40 to 50 breeding age females. Most of these are red or paint Boer goats, but we have also kept some traditional colored Boers that are special to us. However, with our experiments in producing spotted and dappled Boer goats over the past 7 years, our numbers have crept up considerably past the 50 head mark. We kid half the herd in the fall for offspring to sell the following spring, and the other half, many of them percentages, will kid in the spring to produce show wethers and doe kids for fall sales. Most of our doe herd consists of animals we have produced ourselves, and in many cases we have owned the ancestors in their pedigrees for several generations, and know what to expect from each doe family. We do occasionally buy does from outside lines, but those does have to perform as well as our homebred ladies in order to stay in the herd. We value good performance, good looks, and ease of management. The older we get the less we are willing to put extra effort into animals that require special care, so a great looking animal with a famous pedigree will leave us if she proves unable to thrive under our management.

Our first fullblood Boer doe was purchased in partnership with Jerry Simpton of Border Boers in early 1994. Boers were new and exotic then, and extremely expensive. We had to pay a $5,000 deposit to be on a waiting list for the embryo kids to be born, and then take our turn (in order) to select the kid we wanted from the flush. The total bill for our 12 week old, traditional Boer doe, Bosque Valley Fannie Mae, was $20,000. We thought she was well worth it–soon after she was born, the price for doe kids went up to $35,000. We discussed selling her, but agreed that we were breeders, not speculators, and held on. Of course the price dropped within months, as New Zealand released more and more animals into the eager American market. Fannie Mae was flushed twice, produced natural kids every year, and lived to the reasonably ripe old age of 10 ˝ years, when she died in her sleep 3 days after delivering twin bucks. She and her direct offspring, over time, did repay our large investment, plus some, and we still have some of her descendants in our herd.

Our first red fullblood Boer doe, purchased in 1997, was Powell Holman Lucky Red Lady. She was a long, level, very correct doe sired by BBGF Lucky Seven. Contrary to popular belief, not all breeders considered reds to be culls at that time–the Kohls, the Schillings, the DeLobbes, and others were already actively working on colored Boer goat programs, and good reds and paints with South African bloodlines sold high. We bought her specifically to flush to Rojo Grande, the red fullblood buck we owned in partnership with Jerry Simpton. That flush produced a beautiful red doe, Bon Joli Lady in Red, and two good red bucks–Bon Joli Titanic and Bon Joli Sport. This family was the beginning of our fullblood red and paint Boer goats, and it was a good foundation.

There are too many does to feature every one. We'll start with some of the grand old ladies whose genes are prominent in the herd, and add younger representatives later.

Bon Joli Scarlet (fullblood)–DOB 03/01/00

Scarlet was the result of a flush between Tribute's Chocolate Romeo (EGGStreme x a Ubora daughter) and Bon Joli Lady in Red (Rojo Grande x Powell Holman Lucky Red Lady). She is my best beloved queen of the doe herd. Her kids are always good, especially the ones sired by KALR Stone Cold SA “Steve”. She is tough and healthy, and is pictured here at 7 years of age. Scarlet's twin sister, Bon Joli Flashdance, is the dam of the Dusek family's 2004 ABGA National Champion Junior Pair of Bucks (Red Ryder and Red Raider) and is the granddam of Red Racer, the 2006 ABGA Reserve National Champion Buck.

Bon Joli Cosette (fullblood)–DOB 01/02/02

 
 

Cosette is a granddaughter of our first fullblood doe, Fannie Mae, and is also a granddaughter of our red buck Rojo Grande. Her sire is Downen's Weatherman, pictured on the Herdsires page. Her bloodline is 3/8 from the original New Zealand imports of 1994, and 5/8 South African. She's very feminine, correct, and level–a good blend of lines–and looks a lot like Fannie Mae. Pictured at age 5.

CNR Xena (fullblood)–DOB 03/23/00

 
 

Xena is one of the few remaining direct daughters of CNR Conan, and is out of a half sister to Pistolero. I bought her as a kid in 2000. She is short, thick and wide, with tremendous bone and heavy muscle, which she passes to her kids. I'd like her to be a bit more feminine, but her offspring have been extremely good, and she's definitely earned her place at Bon Joli. Photo at age 7.

Bon Joli Peaches (percentage–7/8)–DOB 03/07/99

 
 

Peaches represents 5 generations of Bon Joli breeding on her dam's side, where she is linebred to Bosque Valley Fannie Mae, and her dam's extended pedigree includes BBGF Johaan and The Doemaker, plus my nice, pretty red Nubian doe Meg, who was her great grandmother. Her sire was the red buck Bon Joli Titanic (Rojo Grande x Powell Holman Lucky Red Lady). She produces excellent kids, no matter who she's bred to, and is a boss doe in the herd. Still beautiful at 8 years of age in this photo.

FSE 5013 “Francine”–DOB 01/11/05

 
 

Notice the interesting spotting pattern on the edges of this doe's traditional neck markings, and at the tops of her ears. This is what drew me to her, in my search for spotted fullblood Boer goats. Francine is full South African, from the Farmers Stock Exchange breeding program, and is an NK CEO granddaughter that is heavily linebred to ennobled Mojo, ennobled Frances, and ennobled Kaptein.

Bon Joli Epaulette D'Or (fullblood)–DOB 03/08/03

 
 

Epaulette's name means “shoulder of gold” in French, and you can just barely see in this photo that her entire left shoulder is covered by a large gold dilute spot.   She is sired by KALR Stone Cold SA (Steve) out of Bon Joli Highwayman's Wench, a daughter of FSE Highwayman by Nico Botha Highlanders 104. Interestingly, Steve has a dilute silvery roan spot on the inside of his left front leg, and some of his offspring and quite a few grand offspring are born with gold or buff dilute spots. Some of his solid red offspring even develop white ticking/spotting in their coats, starting at about one year of age. None of this ticking is extreme enough to be considered true dappling, but I consider the possibilities to be really intriguing.

 
 
 

Bon Joli Farm

Henri & Carol DeLobbe
P.O. Box 1852
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

830-997-0735 

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